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Rohingya ‘Orphans’ 40, 000

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Health Desk: 14 January 2018: Thousands of children saw horror while leaving their homes in Myanmar and they fled to safety in Bangladesh after walking through jungles and hills for days.

Around 40,000 of the little souls lost contact with either or both of their parents, according to a survey by the social welfare ministry.

Of the children, 8,882 have lost track of both of their parents. They are now staying with their relatives, said Md Ali Noor, additional secretary of the ministry, quoting findings of the two-month survey carried out on the Rohingya slums in Cox's Bazar from September 23 last year.

All these Rohingya children do not know what exactly happened to their parents. Many of them fear their parents are dead.

As many as 655,000 Rohingyas have taken shelter in Bangladesh since violence erupted in Rakhine State in August last year.

According to estimates, the refugees include around three lakh children. Save the Children says another 48,000 are likely to be born in the squalid camps in Teknaf and Ukhia this year.

Children living in those camps are vulnerable to various diseases as a large number of them suffer from malnutrition. Aid workers have expressed concerns over their safety as well as a lack of educational facilities available for them.